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A Civil War Gunboat in Pacific WatersLife Aboard the USS Saginaw$
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Hans Konrad Van Tilburg

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035161

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035161.001.0001

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Exploring Seward's Icebox

Exploring Seward's Icebox

(p.147) 5 Exploring Seward's Icebox
A Civil War Gunboat in Pacific Waters

Hans Konrad Van Tilburg

University Press of Florida

A new role did emerge for the little ship: Following years of service in sweltering tropical climates, the Saginaw and her crew were finally in for a drastic change to a beautiful, cold, and mostly unknown region. The ship's move north was prompted by one of the most cost-efficient yet highly ridiculed territorial acquisitions in American history. The Saginaw arrived at San Francisco on April 7 of that year, where she would outfit and recruit for Alaska, skipping the longer call at Mare Island across the bay. Commander Mitchell was back among the seedy dives in the Barbary Coast again and having the same trouble locating a crew to replace those sailors whose times were expired, and those who ran.

Keywords:   territorial acquisition, San Francisco, sailors, Barbary Coast, Saginaw, shipwreck

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